by Salif KeitaSalif Keita

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The Grammy nominated West African artist, Salif Keita, whose voice The Washington Post once declared as "one other mortals can only aspire to" returned after many years to Bamako, Mali to record M'Bemba, a remarkable, multifaceted collection which beautifully blends native choirs (comprised of his foster sisters), rolling hypnotic guitars, happily dancing percussion, and such indigenous instruments as ngoni lute and kora. These evoke the memory of Keita's ancestor, Sundiata Keita, the warrior king who founded the Mandingo Empire in the 13th century. Over the course of an hour, Keita -- whose globally successful 35-year career has somewhat offset the hardships he's faced in his homeland being an albino and a musician -- weaves a true tapestry of all of his favorite global influences. These include rock, soul, French chanson, and Afro-Cuban rhythms, all stirred up around his deep, guttural vocals, echoing chants, the seductive, jangling guitars, and a variety of earthy grooves. On the gentler reflections, like the opening track "Bobo," and the sweet, anthemic title track (enhanced by the female chorus), there's a hauntingly beautiful sense of history mixed with struggle and, ultimately, optimism. While the album will mostly be enjoyed by fans of real-deal African music, newcomers will hopefully be inspired to begin mining Keita's rich history as both a musician and a survivor.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/01/2005
Label: Universal I.S.
UPC: 0602498312278
catalogNumber: 9831227
Rank: 186537

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Salif Keita   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar
Prince   Calebasse
Djanka Diabate   Background Vocals
Ousmane Kouyate   Acoustic Guitar,Guest Appearance
Kante Manfila   Acoustic Guitar
Mark Myrie   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Michel Alibo   Bass
Mino Cinelu   Percussion
Souleymanne Doumbia   Bells
Guy N'Sangue   Bass
Toumani Diabaté   Cora,Guest Appearance
Mama Sissoko   Guest Appearance,N'Goni
Hadja Kouyate   Background Vocals
David Aubaile   Flute
Jean-Louis Solans   Acoustic Guitar,Oud,E-bow

Technical Credits

Salif Keita   Composer,Producer
Prince   Tama
Kante Manfila   Arranger
Mino Cinelu   Arranger
Daniel Richard   Executive Producer
Gilles Guerlet   Artwork
Jean Lamoot   Engineer
Jean-Louis Solans   Producer
Jérôme Witz   Artwork
Laurent Pascot   Photo Assistance

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